In many places in Germany, the Christmas markets are canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. But just because you can’t go to the Christmas market this year doesn’t mean that it has to be completely canceled for you. Fortunately, a certain number of people from two households are still allowed to meet, so that instead of the usual market, a private Christmas market can take place as an alternative. This creates a certain Christmas spirit and you can spend time with your loved ones and friends despite the restrictions. Do you like this idea? Then take a look at our recipes and ideas for the Christmas market at home and start planning and organizing your own Christmas party right away.
Organize a Christmas market at home – inside or outside?
Whether you organize your own Christmas market at home in a warm place or rather outside in the fresh air, depends on the one hand on your ideas. On the other hand, of course, not everyone has a garden in which you can move the Christmas market party at home. In principle, the garden party seems more like the original – after all, at the real Christmas market you also spend your time outside in the fresh air. With a Christmas market at home but outdoors, you definitely get a little closer to the typical Christmas market atmosphere. Especially when it snows that day, you should take advantage of this wintry atmosphere.
However, if you prefer it to be nice and warm or if the weather does not cooperate because it is pouring rain, a Christmas market celebration indoors is of course also suitable. Ultimately, it all comes down to the right music, the food and drink, which should definitely include the classics, and the right decoration. So what to think about when planning your home Christmas market?
Prepare food and drink for the Christmas market at home
Just sit back and imagine the Christmas market. What is the first thing that comes to mind or what is there to eat and drink at the Christmas market? You are probably thinking of the Christmas market food stalls with roasted almonds and gingerbread hearts and of course the warming mulled wine. Cotton candy, sausages, chestnuts and all sorts of Christmas cookies are other options, and the good news is that you can easily prepare most of these delicacies in your own kitchen.
And it should actually be quick and easy so that you can serve several things without getting stressed. We have put together a small selection of recipes for the Christmas market at home. It is best to serve the food at the Christmas market in the form of a buffet.
Organize a Christmas market at home – roasted almonds recipe
Not much is necessary if you want to make roasted almonds yourself. You can prepare this popular delicacy in a relatively short time and are guaranteed to make the hearts of the guests beat faster – because who isn’t crazy about these unique Christmas market sweets? Here’s a quick and easy recipe for roasted almonds:
- 200 g almonds
- 50 g of brown sugar
- 150 g white sugar
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 100 ml of water
Take a non-stick pan and add the water, the brown, white sugar and the vanilla sugar. Bring this sugar water to a boil, after which you can add the cinnamon. Now mix in the almonds and cook everything until the sugar has melted, the water has evaporated and a thick paste has formed. Then spread the finished almonds on baking paper to let them cool down. You have already made roasted almonds yourself and can serve them at home at the Christmas market! You can get other ideas with almonds here.
Candied apples for the Christmas market at home
Candied apples are one of the most popular Christmas treats and are of course also present at the Christmas markets. Because of this, you can also consider them for your home Christmas market. Instead of candying, the apples can also be coated with caramel or even plain chocolate, which you melt in a water bath beforehand. But if you prefer to look for candied variations for the Christmas market at home, the following may be just the thing for you.
- 12 small apples, red or green
- 12 wooden sticks or popsicle sticks (cinnamon sticks or twigs are also suitable)
- 600 g of sugar
- 165 g corn syrup
- 240 ml of water
- 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
Wash the apples and dry them carefully with paper towels. Prick wooden sticks into the apples and lay out baking paper. Heat the syrup, sugar and water in a saucepan and let the mixture boil for a while. A termometer is the best way to tell when it’s ready. At around 150 degrees, take the pot off the hob and stir in the food coloring. Now you can candy the apples by dipping them briefly and then carefully twisting and turning to distribute the icing all over. Let the apples cool on the baking paper.
Tip: Many apples are waxed, which prevents the glaze from sticking. To remove this layer, bring a liter and a half and a tablespoon of vinegar to a boil, then dip the apples in the vinegar water for 5 seconds each. Then dry the apples well before candying them.
Serving waffles at home at the Christmas market
Waffles are always welcome, aren’t they? Fluffy and tasty and also made super quick and easy, they represent the perfect snack. You should be on your Christmas market buffet, but you don’t know a recipe yet? Then try the following.
For about 8 waffles:
- 200 ml of milk
- 250 g flour
- 125 g soft butter
- 3 eggs
- 75 grams of sugar
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder, coated
- 1 pinch of salt
First mix the butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt with a mixer until creamy and then add the eggs one by one while stirring. Then mix the flour with the baking powder and add this mixture to the egg mixture alternately with the milk. Put about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the batter into the waffle iron per waffle. Shouldn’t your waffles cool down immediately afterwards because you want to offer them warm at home at the Christmas market? Then you can keep them warm in the oven at 60 to 90 degrees.
Preparing dishes for the Christmas market
Of course, something hearty is also welcome. You don’t have to prepare a 5-course meal, but there should be something filling between all the treats on the table. The sausage can be prepared particularly quickly – in the pan or on the grill, as desired. A few more rolls, french fries and ketchup and mustard and the meal is ready. Potato pancakes are just as popular. Who doesn’t love potatoes? Here’s how you can prepare some:
Potato pancakes for the Christmas market at home
For 4 people (approx. 10 pieces):
- 1 kg of potatoes, preferably floury
- 1 onion
- 2 medium-sized eggs
- 50 g flour
- 4 tbsp oil (or even better clarified butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- optional sugar for sprinkling
Grate the peeled and washed potatoes and onions in a bowl. Then mix in the eggs and flour and season the mixture with the salt. Mix everything well. Heat the oil or clarified butter in a pan over medium heat and fry the buffers in it, adding 2-3 dabs of potato mixture to the pan for each buffer. You can quickly shape them a little with the spoon. Fry each potato pancake for about 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.
Delicious Christmas market food – fried fish in a roll
Practical finger food is in itself one of many great Christmas bazaar ideas for eating. After all, at the classic Christmas market you are eating and usually do not have the opportunity to use a knife and fork. Prepare delicious fried fish in a roll!
For 4 rolls:
- 4 rolls
- 500 g fish fillet (e.g. pollack), washed and patted dry
- 1 egg, yolk and egg white separated
- 75 g flour
- 30 g cornstarch
- 125 ml of beer
- 1 lemon (preferably organic)
- 3 tbsp crème fraîche
- 3 teaspoons of beetroot juice
- fresh dill, washed and shaken dry
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Mix the egg yolks with the beer, flour and cornstarch to make a batter. Let this rest for 10 minutes. In the meantime, quarter the fish fillet and chop the dill. Then crush half of the dill with the sea salt and lemon zest in a mortar. Mix the crème fraîche with the beetroot juice in a bowl and season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a pan. Beat the egg whites with a little salt until stiff and fold the egg whites under the beer batter from earlier. Put the pollock pieces in the batter and then in the pan to fry them until golden brown on all sides. Slice the rolls open and prepare the sandwiches: first spread the beetroot sauce and then the other half of the chopped dill. Then add the fish and garnish with the dill and lemon salt. You can also add cucumber and tomato slices or lettuce leaves. The delicious snacks for the Christmas market at home are ready!
Christmas market ideas – what else?
Anything you associate with the Christmas season is suitable for the Christmas market at home – cookies, speculoos, gingerbread (a recipe can be found here), donuts, pancakes and pancakes. Cakes (e.g. a Stollen, which you can even buy ready-made) are also eaten at the Christmas market. Even fresh fruit such as oranges and mandarins or dried fruit, which everyone can eat in between, is allowed on the buffet. How about preparing undecorated gingerbread hearts and colored icing in piping bags and then having each of the guests design their own gingerbread heart? That guarantees a lot of fun!
In addition to mulled wine, which you can also offer separately at a small mulled wine stand, the good old liqueur is also very suitable and a popular idea for the Christmas market at home. For those who do not like to drink alcoholic mulled wine, you can also prepare warm tea or cocoa (particularly suitable for children). But a fruity punch or punch can also be on the buffet. And how about you prepare the so-called snowman soup as a gift?
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Christmas market decoration ideas
Christmas decorations are offered in a wide variety of designs at the fair. So if you still have to get some Christmas presents, you will usually find them there. Of course, nobody will buy decorations at your home Christmas market, but they shouldn’t be missing. Anything else for sale can be used as decorations at your private party – pretty Christmas tree balls, gingerbread hearts, garlands made of fir green, fairy lights, snow balls and whatever else you can think of. It is best if everything is rustic and a lot of wood is used.
If you organize your Christmas market at home in a warm place, your normal Christmas decorations are already used for this purpose. Does the Christmas market take place at home in the evening? Do without the ceiling light and only let the romantic fairy lights and candles shine. You can get really creative again in the garden. Gather ideas for a small Christmas market at home and decorate the buffet, trees and bushes.
With all the preparations for the buffet and the decoration, you should definitely not forget the right music! Christmas music is of course popular here, in German as well as in English and in other languages. You can also incorporate some of the games found at the fair – duck fishing, for example – into your party!
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